Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage)




Arranged for flute and string quintet by Clare Hoffman (1988)
2-8 players



2-8 players


Flute, 2 Violins, Viola, Double Bass


8 minutes

commissioned by


the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, by Clare Hoffman, flute, with the Festival quintet; Grand Canyon, AZ (September 17, 1988)

Program note

In 1971 I set of Richard Wilbur's translation of Baudelaire's famous L'Invitation au voyage for a cappella chorus. Wilbur's poignant setting pictures a world of obsessive imagination — a drugged version of heaven full of sensual imagery. The music echoes the quality of the repeated refrain found in this lush translation: "There, there is nothing else but grace and measure, richness, quietness and pleasure."

This version for flute and string quintet is derived from the arrangement I made for flute and string orchestra in 1983.

–John Corigliano


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